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Nature is calling you to come Explore Your Way… our rolling forest covered hills, ample rivers, diverse lakes, and varied trails all interconnect and span for miles and miles of fun.

The Cadillac region is the geographic center of Michigan and boasts the highest elevation in the state.  The shifting winds across Lake Michigan keep the winter white on our trails and ski hills longer, and freezes our lakes earlier than most.   Skiers, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, ice fisherman… they all co-exist in our region.

Click here to see an overview map for Summer, and an overview map for Winter 



the Sand Hill cranes are coming...

Spring is here, the rivers and lakes will fill with melted snow warming them for the fish to start moving, while the spring flowers pop up in our forests on our trees and under foot.

Outdoor enthusiasts, GET READY for an adventurous spring after all of this snow.  All three area rivers (Manistee, Pine and Pere Marquette) will be swollen with water, waiting for your fishing, canoeing and kayaking adventures to start.  

Our area Hiking and Biking Trails offer spring actvity for those looking for adventure... over 200 miles of open trails all within 20 minutes of our downtown.    

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell are mostly open.  In Mid March our local Shankland family opened the lakes with a behind the boat - first wake - barefooting on Lake Cadillac, an annual tradition to the local Shankland family (cool video linked).  What we don't do for fun up north...

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Summer Time in Northern Michigan... Here is what you can expect:

Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing & Rafting  you will be within minutes from thousands of acres of public forest boasting some of the Michigan’s best adventurous rivers.  Canoe/kayak permits are issued every day on the Pine and Manistee Rivers, for both the novice and experienced.  The Manistee River is a wide, shallow river with a sandy bottom that flows through mostly state land with numerous sand bars to stop on.  The Pine River is a paddler’s paradise, it’s the more difficult of the two rivers.  Experience nature sprinkled with excitement.

Boating – by lake or river, the Cadillac area offers boating experiences for relaxing, tubing, water skiing and fishing.  Cadillac offers over 3700 acres of boating playground on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell.  Public boat launches and a city dock offer easy accessibility for boaters and shore fishing.

Fishing - The World Record Brown Trout was caught in the Manistee River, just 20 minutes West of Cadillac.   Whether you are looking for a shore fishing adventure, guided experience, or tooling around our lakes in a boat, our local guides and tackle shops work closely with visitors to ensure the best year around fishing experience possible, novice to expert.   Our lakes host Bass Tournaments & Fishing Derby’s throughout the year.  Michigan DNR offers a Free Fishing weekend June 8-10 – Carl T. Johnson Hunting & Fishing Center, by the canal, offers fishing lessons during this weekend, and various related activities throughout the year. 

Golfing – offering 10 local golf courses with amazing tee experiences that offer a variety of affordable fairways, greens and practice facilities.  Our courses host a multitude of corporate to family golf outings.

Biking – for bikes of all styles - scenic motorcycle and road bicycle rides, rugged mountain biking trails and state ORV trails, we offer over 200 miles of trails and proven rides for 20, 30, 50+ mile trips

Hiking – surrounded by National and State forest, public parks & rolling hills, the Cadillac area offers a diverse hiking trail experience for young families and experience hikers. 

  • The Manistee River trail offers breathtaking scenery into river valleys and open waters. 
  • Pere Marquette Trail has a range of terrain with interpretive signage. 
  • The WhitePine Trail spanning from Grand Rapids to Cadillac offers a 200 mile vertical park and path.

Wine Tours – sit back and relax, casually take a wine tour on a bus or your own vehicle from any of our lodging facilities.  Wine Tasting Tours are just 45 minutes away.   There is transportation that will take a group to wine country in Grand Traverse County and back, stopping for food and other excursions along the way, or they can arrange for food and beverage for you.  Take a day and experience Northern Michigan wine country.  


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